Monday, February 22, 2016 - 12:00pm

When Eileen Kappy sat down to think of what she wanted to inscribe on the brick she purchased for the walkway in front of Hudson Hall the words seemed to fall out of her – “From the beginning….”  For Kappy, Mercy College isn’t just the place where she earned a degree, it’s the place that nurtured her as an adult student and the place where she worked for 24 years – it’s the institution and community that she helped create. 

Kappy earned a B.A., summa cum laude, in Sociology in 1972, and later, a Master’s degree.  It was the mid-1960’s when she was hired and the College was still in its formative years.  Kappy stayed with Mercy as the Executive Assistant to the President and as the Secretary of the Corporation until 1990.  During her time with the College, she worked alongside Presidents Sister Etheldreda Christie, Dr. Helen “Pat” Coogan, Dr. Donald Grunewald, Dr. Merle Kling and Dr. Wilbert LeMelle.

Mercy College’s Chief of Staff, Irene Buckley, who has been at Mercy for 35 years, said she learned so much about Mercy from Kappy.  The two worked together for almost 10 years, and Buckley credits much of her success to the mentoring she received from Kappy.  She refers to her as an inspiration who taught many young professionals at the College the meaning of integrity, professionalism and grace under pressure.  Something Kappy is humbled by. 

Mrs. Kappy is now in her early nineties and lives independently on Hutchinson Island in Florida.  She still remembers Mercy in her annual giving and still warmly thinks of all the memories.  We are truly grateful for all her years of service.  Kappy plans to come up north this year to again visit her alma mater with all its new additions.